Oberstdorf (dpa) - The German ski jumpers have no chance in the test of strength with the absolute world leaders.
Katharina Althaus and her flight colleagues also played no role in the fight for medals in the second competition of the home World Cup.
In the team competition, the quartet Althaus, Juliane Seyfarth, Anna Rupprecht and Luisa Görlich only took fifth place in Oberstdorf.
The defending champion's deficit on the podium was enormous.
Austria took gold ahead of Slovenia and Norway.
"It is a shame that it is not enough for a medal," said Rupprecht, who was very satisfied with her own performance and also expects a nomination for the mixed team.
“I think Juliane or Luisa will not be good enough,” said the 24-year-old confidently.
Despite the gold medal at the premiere event two years ago in Seefeld and the home advantage on the hill, which is well known from many training sessions, the Germans only started with outsider chances for a medal.
Even when the World Cup kick-off the day before, the best Austrians, Slovenes and Norwegians were much stronger.
Above all, top athlete Althaus showed solid jumps on 94 and 94.5 meters, but that wasn't enough to endanger the top athletes led by Marita Kramer from Austria or the Slovenian Nika Kriznar.
Both are not only strong themselves, but also jump in a much more balanced team.
“The three big ones at the front are very well positioned in terms of breadth and quality.
Nobody is weak at the moment, ”said national coach Andreas Bauer on ARD.
Things are not going well for his team in the World Cup this winter either.
The long-standing medal guarantor and top performer Carina Vogt was not even nominated the day before due to persistent form weakness and rank 30 in the individual.
Vogt had recently struggled with several knee injuries.
As a spectator at the ski jump, she supported the team.
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